Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible conduct of research (RCR) includes most of the professional activities that are part and parcel of a research career. As defined by federal agencies, RCR encompasses the following nine areas:

  1. Collaborative Science
    Collaborations take place in a variety of forms, including the borrowing and lending of supplies, resources and equipment between researchers; seeking input from an expert in a different discipline; and partnering with colleagues who have a similar background or field of knowledge for fresh ideas and abilities.
  2. Conflicts of Interest and Commitments
    Conflicts of interests or commitments are not inherently negative; rather, the way in which the conflict is managed is important.
  3. Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership
    Wright State encourages the viewing and retrieving of shared data archives relevant to research.
  4. Human Research Protections
    Research with human participants plays a central role in advancing knowledge in the biomedical, behavioral and social sciences.
  5. Lab Animal Welfare
    Wright State has and continues to support efforts to improve laboratory animal welfare through the implementation of policies and regulations that both maintain the integrity of scientific research and sustain the welfare of such animals.
  6. Mentoring
    Mentoring a less-experienced researcher is a professional responsibility of all scientists. The ultimate goal of the mentor is to establish the trainee as an independent researcher.
  7. Peer Review
    Positive peer reviews contribute to increased funding opportunities, academic advancement and a good reputation.
  8. Publications Practices and Responsible Authorship
    Although researchers can disseminate their findings through many different avenues, results are most likely to be published as an article in a scholarly journal.
  9. Research Misconduct
    Wright State has procedures in place to investigate and when appropriate report findings of misconduct to the Research Integrity Officer. Policies exist to protect both whistleblowers and the accused until a determination is made.

Federal Regulations


Research Integrity Officer (RIO)

The RIO is the institutional official responsible for:

  • assessing allegations of research misconduct to determine, with the concurrence of the Chief Academic Officer, if they fall within the definition of research misconduct and warrant an inquiry on the basis that the allegation is sufficiently credible and specific so that potential evidence or research misconduct may be identified; and
  • overseeing inquiries and investigations; and
  • the other responsibilities described in Wright Way Policy 2101. 

The Wright State RIO is Robert Fyffe, Ph.D., Vice President for Research. 


Research Misconduct: see WWP 2101 under the Policies tab.

If your NSF proposal is funded, training is required. Please see the Training tab.


Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

The core elements of the CITI training modules cover:

  • Introduction to RCR
  • Authorship and Publication
  • Collaborative Research
  • Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership
  • Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
  • Conflict of Interest and Commitment
  • Mentoring/trainee responsibilities
  • Research Misconduct and Policies
  • Peer Review
  • As required by the nature of the project:
    • Protection of Human Subjects
    • Welfare of Laboratory Animals
    • Safe Laboratory Practices

Visit the CITI Program website to learn more about training.

Upcoming Training Events


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Whom do I contact for questions?

    For general questions about the RSP compliance programs, the Associate VP for Research, Ellen Reinsch Friese: or (937) 775-2709.

    To speak with the Research Integrity Officer, please contact the VP for Research, Dr. Robert Fyffe: or (937) 775-3336.

  • How do I schedule an in-person training session for my students?

    Please contact the Associate VP for Research, Ellen Reinsch Friese: or (937) 775-2709.

  • Is guidance available for Faculty mentoring of graduate student investigators?

    RSP has developed a “Principles of Good Practice” guide found here:  (LINK)

  • What is Research Misconduct?

    Federal Regulations define Research Misconduct as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research or in reporting research results. It does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretations or judgments of data. However, it is well appreciated by all that responsible conduct, as opposed to misconduct, encompasses many other aspects of ethical behavior in the practice of scientific research.